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  • About this contact

    Ms Blees is a lawyer in Germany and holds a Master of Law degree from George Mason University (USA). Before joining EuRIC, she worked at a Brussels-based consultancy, advising multinational companies on environmental, health and safety matters.

    EuRIC is a confederation which represents the interests of European recycling industries within the EU. It spans the majority of waste streams, and so can facilitate cooperation between national recycling and resource management federations and companies from over 23 European countries, operating both locally and globally.

    EuRIC represents:

    • 5 500+ companies generating an aggregated annual turnover of about €95 billion, including large companies and SMEs involved in the recycling of and trade in various resource streams
    • 300 000 local jobs which cannot be outsourced to non-EU countries
    • a million tons of waste recycled each year (metals, paper, glass, plastics, WEEE, ELVs, tyres, textiles, construction & demolition, etc.).

    By turning waste into resources, recycling loops recycled materials back into value chains. Recyclers play a key role in bridging resource efficiency, climate change policy and the industrial transition.

  • Emily Macintosh
    Type of organisation or company
    Country
    Belgium
    About this contact

    At the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), Emily is Senior Policy Officer for Textiles within the Circular Economy team. The EEB is Europe’s largest network of environmental citizens’ organisations with over 180 organisations in more than 40 countries. 

    Since 2018, Emily has been following the various product policy initiatives being developed for textiles, and the EU’s Textiles Strategy.

    Prior to working on textiles at the EEB, Emily worked in various roles, in particular in the EEB’s communication team on agriculture and biodiversity issues, and as a press officer for The Left group in the European Parliament. She has a degree in Journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University.

  • Type of organisation or company
    Country
    United Kingdom
    About this contact

    The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is a UK charity which aims to speed up the transition to the circular economy. Since it was set up, the charity has emerged as a global thought leader, putting the circular economy on the agenda of decision makers across business, government and academia.

  • About this contact

    Lieze works as the head of the international policy unit at OVAM, the Public Waste Agency of Flanders, which ensures that Flanders deals with waste, materials and soil in a well thought out and environmentally sound manner. Since 1981, OVAM has been developing a balanced mix of economic and regulatory instruments on waste, materials and soil that has made the Region of Flanders one of the frontrunners in Europe in this field.

    We are joining forces with our partners in business, civil society, research and government to develop a circular economy, taking a multi-stakeholder participatory approach. Circular Flanders, which was initiated by OVAM, serves as hub, inspiration and matchmaker for the transition to a circular economy in Flanders. We implement measures that go beyond sorting and recycling waste to make a systemic shift from take-make-waste to a new economic model that factors in the scarcity of raw materials and the ecological limits of our planet.

  • About this contact

    Sofie works as a policy advisor for the international policy unit at OVAM, the Public Waste Agency of Flanders, which ensures that Flanders deals with waste, materials and soil in a well thought out and environmentally sound manner. Since 1981, OVAM has been developing a balanced mix of economic and regulatory instruments on waste, materials and soil that has made the Region of Flanders one of the frontrunners in Europe in this field.

    We are joining forces with our partners in business, civil society, research and government to develop a circular economy, taking a multi-stakeholder participatory approach. Circular Flanders, which was initiated by OVAM, serves as hub, inspiration and matchmaker for the transition to a circular economy in Flanders. We implement measures that go beyond sorting and recycling waste to make a systemic shift from take-make-waste to a new economic model that factors in the scarcity of raw materials and the ecological limits of our planet.

  • Carsten Wachholz
    Type of organisation or company
    Country
    United Kingdom
    About this contact

    The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is a UK charity which aims to speed up the transition to the circular economy. Since it was set up, the charity has emerged as a global thought leader, putting the circular economy on the agenda of decision makers across business, government and academia.

    Carsten Wachholz joined the Foundation in 2020 after spending two years working for the European Investment Bank on Corporate Responsibility and another four years working for the European Environmental Bureau on the first EU Circular Economy Action Plan. Carsten leads the Foundation's newly established Brussels-based team supporting the development of circular economy policies at EU and international level (e.g. G20, OECD), in close collaboration with the Foundation's systemic initiatives on plastics, fashion and food.

  • Larissa Copello de Souza
    Type of organisation or company
    Country
    Belgium
    About this contact

    At Zero Waste Europe (ZWE), Larissa Copello is the Consumption and Production Campaigner working on upstream solutions for packaging and single-use plastic products, such as waste-free business models and reuse systems. 

    Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) is the European network of communities, local leaders, experts and change agents working towards the elimination of waste in our society. ZWE advocates for sustainable systems and the redesign of our relationship with resources to accelerate a just transition towards zero waste for the benefit of people and the planet. 

    ZWE is also part of Rethink Plastic, an alliance of +10 European NGOs working with European policy-makers to design and deliver policy solutions to tackle plastic pollution, in which Larissa Copello follows policy developments on single-use plastic and packaging.

  • Andreas Brieger
    Type of organisation or company
    Country
    Belgium
    EU
    About this contact

    Andreas Brieger works as Director Sustainable Development for SMEunited. Before, he has been working on climate, energy and economic policy for social partners in Brussels and Germany. He is keen to contributing to a green transition that works for people, planet and SMEs.

    SMEunited, formerly known as UEAPME, is the association of crafts and SMEs in Europe with around 70 member organisations from over 30 European countries. SMEunited is a recognised employers’ organisation and European social partner and acts on behalf of crafts and SMEs in European social dialogue and in discussions with the EU institutions. SMEunited represents national cross-sectoral craft and SME federations, European SME branch organisations and associate members. It speaks on behalf of the 22,5 million SMEs in Europe which employ almost 82,4 million people. It is a non-profit seeking and non-partisan organisation.

  • About this contact

    Dr Sarah Miller is Chief Executive of the Rediscovery Centre, Ireland's National Centre for the Circular Economy. Since 2005, Sarah has overseen the development of the centre as an ecological centre of excellence and an innovation hub for the circular economy in Ireland. Sarah has a keen interest in research and holds a PhD in Environmental Science, a Master’s in Business Administration and an Honours Degree in Biotechnology.

    Based in Dublin, but operating on a national basis, the Rediscovery Centre is a creative movement connecting people, ideas and resources to support the circular economy and sustainable, low-carbon living. The centre’s work is built around the three key themes of education, demonstration and advocacy. To support the transition to a circular economy in Ireland, the centre provides training, education and events that inspire active participation and citizen engagement.

    The visitor centre demonstrates good practice through social enterprise excellence, a reuse retail collective and onsite circular economy programmes and showcases. Working in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency, the centre also runs the national Circular Economy Academy, a free mentoring and support programme to assist social enterprises and community organisations embrace circularity. In collaboration with the Irish government, regional and city authorities, NGOs, academic institutions and corporate partners, the Rediscovery Centre’s education, research and policy team coordinate action-based programmes which drive change and support the circular economy in Ireland.

  • About this contact

    Alberto Arroyo Schnell is responsible for policy and programmes at the European Regional Office of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). He has held leading positions on EU environmental policy for the past 15 years. His current focus is working together with the key sectors related to / impacted by / benefiting from biodiversity and nature, aiming to find ways to achieve the environmental targets jointly and to ensure ownership of these targets by all stakeholders. He is Spanish, with a background in Forestry Engineering.

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  • Commitment Targets
    Other (Sustainable management of water)
    To be achieved by:

    Reduce water use in Diageo's operations with a 40% improvement in water use efficiency in water stressed areas and 30% improvement across the company.

    Other (Sustainable management of water)
    To be achieved by:

    Replenish more water than Diageo uses for their operations for all their sites in water-stressed areas by 2026.

    Other (Sustainable management of water)
    To be achieved by:

    Invest in 150 projects to improve access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in communities near Diageo sites and local sourcing areas in all of Diageo's water-stressed markets.

    Other (Sustainable management of water)
    Start Date:

    Engage in collective action in all of their Priority Water Basins to improve water accessibility, availability and quality and contribute to a net positive water impact.

    Recycling (also including specific waste streams)
    To be achieved by:

    Achieve zero waste in Diageo's direct operations and zero waste to landfill in Diageo's supply chain.

    Recycled materials as part of raw materials demand (recycled content)
    To be achieved by:

    Ensure 100% of Diageo's packaging is widely recyclable (or reusable/compostable).

    Recycled materials as part of raw materials demand (recycled content)
    To be achieved by:

    Continue to reduce packaging and increase recycled content in Diageo's packaging (delivering a 10% reduction in packaging weight + increasing the % recycled content of the packaging to 60%).

    Recycled materials as part of raw materials demand (recycled content)
    To be achieved by:

    Ensure 100% of Diageo's plastics are designed to be widely recyclable (or reusable/compostable) by 2025 and achieve 40% recycled content in Diageo's plastic bottles by 2025, and 100% by 2030.

    Other (Sustainable agriculture management)
    To be achieved by:

    Provide all of Diageo's local sourcing communities with agricultural skills and resources, building economic and environmental resilience (supporting 150,000 smallholder farmers).

    Other (Sustainable agriculture management)
    To be achieved by:

    Develop regenerative agriculture pilot programmes in 5 key sourcing landscapes.

    Other (Accelerate to a low carbon world)
    To be achieved by:

    Become Net Zero carbon in Diageo's direct operations.

    Other (Accelerate to a low carbon world)
    To be achieved by:

    Reduce Diageo's value chain carbon emissions by 50%.

    Other (Accelerate to a low carbon world)
    To be achieved by:

    Use 100% renewable electricity across all of Diageo's direct operations.

  • Commitment Targets
    Recycled materials as part of raw materials demand (recycled content)
    To be achieved by:

    By 2025, 100% recyclable beverage packaging & PET bottles of 50% recycled content.

    Recycling (also including specific waste streams)
    To be achieved by:

    By 2030, PET bottles of 100% recycled and/or renewable PET, 90% collected & more use of refillables.

  • Country
    EU
    Relevant sectors
    Scope
    Commitment Targets
    Other (rPET Compatibility)
    To be achieved by:

    By 2025, all new PET bottling lines will be suitable for processing up to 100% high-quality rPET without compromising output quality, efficiency or effectiveness.

    Other (Plastic-free secondary packaging)
    To be achieved by:

    By 2022, alternative secondary packaging solutions free of disposable plastics will be available for every established SKU format multipack.

    Other (Advisory for recycling-friendly packaging design)
    Start Date:

    Krones will leverage its technological expertise to help customers design packaging that specifically facilitates post-consumer recycling.

    Other (Upgrading from linear to circular economy)
    Start Date:

    Krones will assist its customers to adapt existing lines in order to achieve the best possible outcomes when using recycled or renewable input materials.

    Other (Tethered caps)
    Start Date:

    With immediate effect, Krones will make available capping equipment for tethered caps.

    Other (Sustainable labelling)
    Start Date:

    Krones makes it possible to use detachable labels to enhance recyclability. It aims to make labels jointly recyclable with containers or to eliminate separate labelling.

    Other (Investing in recycling solutions)
    Start Date:

    Krones will continue to allocate substantial R&D resources to its recycling technology division in order to facilitate physical recycling of post-consumer plastics.

    Other (Beyond PET packaging)
    Start Date:

    Krones will actively explore disruptive new technologies delivering beverages to consumers without conventional PET packaging (e.g. pulp bottles, no-packaging solutions).

  • Commitment Targets
    Waste reduction
    Start Date:

    LIPOR's Environmental Education and Intervention Program aims to create an educational offer that encourages citizens to implement good environmental practices.

    Food waste reduction
    Start Date:

    LIPOR’s annual prevention programme includes several projects and initiatives implemented across all  eight municipalities aiming to prevent and reduce food waste.

    Recycling (also including specific waste streams)
    Start Date:

    The Strategic Plan for Urban Waste 2020 (PERSU 2020) is the reference instrument of the urban waste policy in Portugal.

    LIPOR has defined a target of 50 kg per inhabitant a year in 2020 for selective

    Green public procurements
    Start Date:

    One public tender for catering services with fully sustainable and circular criteria.

  • Starbucks to phase out plastic straws worldwide by 2020
    Country
    EU
    Other (Worldwide)
    Commitment Targets
    Waste reduction
    To be achieved by:

    Starbucks target is to phase out plastic straws from its more than 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020, a decision that will eliminate more than 1 billion straws a year.

  • Commitment Targets
    Recycled materials as part of raw materials demand (recycled content)
    To be achieved by:

    100% recycled and other sustainable sourced materials by 2030.

    Other (Cotton content)
    To be achieved by:

    100% recycled, certified organic or sustainable sourced cotton by 2020.

    Other (Waste collection)
    To be achieved by:

    To increase the collected volume of garments to reach 25,000 tonnes annually; achieved in 2019 with 29,005 tonnes of garments collected for recycling and reuse.

    Other (Packaging)
    Start Date:

    100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable plastic packaging
    Reduce plastic packaging by 25%
    25% post recycled plastic across all packaging used

    Other (Packaging)
    Start Date:

    100% recycled or other sustainably sourced material

    Other (New Plastics Economy)
    Start Date:
  • Country
    Belgium
    Relevant sectors
    Circular Procurement
    Commitment Targets
    Other (Circular Procurement (public + private))
    To be achieved by:

    Buyers have committed themselves to successfully completing two circular purchasing projects between June 2017 and June 2019.

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